Haren cruises as the Maulers tie the Series 1-1
METROPOLIS (AP) -- No one was surprised to see a dominant starter shut down an entire team, but everyone but Dan Haren's parents were surprised he was that starter.
While Haren didn't dominate with his fastball and didn't strike out a dozen Avengers, he did keep them off balance and induced enough weak contact to cruise through 5 2/3 innings unscathed. The Maulers put up just enough offense, scoring three runs on six hits, leaving many in both dugouts to feel as though they stole game two.
"I don't want to say no one saw it coming, but I wasn't
expecting this," said Cook County first baseman Tony Clark, who
provided some cushion with an eighth-inning home run. "We all
knew Danny had it in him, and he just put it all together tonight."
Not to be out done, the Maulers' bullpen continuedand may have improved on Haren's performance once they got the call. Hector Carrasco, Neil Cotts, and Billy Wagner combined for six strikeouts against just three baserunners in their 3 1/3 innings. The Avengers' only mini-rally consisted of two walks in the bottom of the eighth. Cotts struck out Brian Roberts and popped up Vladimir Guerrero to end any threat.
Metropolis starter Pedro Martinez continued his string of bad luck in the playoffs. Martinez took the loss despite allowing only seven baserunners in his seven innings. It was his fourth loss of the season, despite a sparkling 2.98 ERA. However, Martinez didn't show any frustration after the game, saying, "Hey, I did all I can, but that kid was just better today. Did you see the stuff he had?"
Haren was quick to credit his teammates when asked about his
performance, singling out Andruw Jones and Toby Hall in particular.
"They really picked it behind me tonight. Andruw made a couple of great
plays in the gap, and of Toby was huge for me all game long."